Magic Hacks Neural Circuits
"Magicians dazzle us by exploiting loopholes in the brain's circuitry for perceiving the world and paying attention." Two neurologists follow a street magician in this Scientific American report.
"Humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. When people focus on one thing, their brains automatically suppress everything that happens around it. Magicians have devised many techniques that exploit this 'tunnel vision.' People can pay attention in various ways. Magicians exploit 'top-down,' or deliberate, attention by, say, asking a person to scan a book. They capture 'bottom-up' attention with distracting displays such as doves fluttering out of a hat."
Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.
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Using a new process, a mini-brain develops retinal cells.
- Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research.
- This is the first one that's started developing eyes.
- Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts.
Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?
- Ghosting, or cutting off all contact suddenly with a romantic partner, is not nice.
- Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
- Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
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